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Actual Sermon Preached to the Congregation by
Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.
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The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
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Book of Epistles & Gospels for the Mass
Epistle for
The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Galatians 5:16-24.

The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Epistle of Saint Paul to the Galatians, Chapter 5, Verses 16 to 24.

Brethren:

Walk in the spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the spirit:  and the spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary one to another:  so that you do not the things that you would.  But if you are led by the spirit, you are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury, idolatry, witchcrafts, enmities, contentions, emulations, wraths, quarrels, dissensions, sects, envies, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like.  Of the which I foretell you, as I have foretold to you, that they who do such things shall not obtain the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, chastity.  Against such there is no law.

And they that are Christ's, have crucified their flesh, with the vices and concupiscences.


Gospel for
The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Matthew 6:24-33.

Please stand for the Holy Gospel.

The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 6, Verses 24 to 33.


At that time Jesus said to His Apostles:

“No man can serve two masters.  For either he will hate the one, and love the other:  or he will sustain the one, and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.”

“Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on.  Is not the life more than the meat:  and the body more than the raiment?  Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns:  and your heavenly Father feedeth them.  Are not you of much more value than they?  And which of you by taking thought, can add to his stature by one cubit?”

“And for raiment why are you solicitous?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:  they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these.  And if the grass of the field, which is to day, and to morrow is cast into the oven, God doth so clothe:  how much more you, O ye of little faith?”

"Be not solicitous therefore, saying,

What shall we eat:  or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed?
For after all these things do the heathens seek.  For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things.  Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel.
Please be seated.


 
“Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (GOSPEL, Matthew 6:33.)

In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.


On Wednesday, July 6, 1994, Tom Hanks appeared on the silver screen in a role for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor.  Some of you might remember his portrayal of the naive and simple character, Forrest Gump, who seemed to live a charmed life, always being saved at the last moment before some kind of catastrophe struck?

Apparently this is the Hollywood/Paganistic view of the so-called “virtues” of pagan secular humanism? Ironically, the movie script deviates considerably from the 1986 novel by Winston Groom upon which the movie was based.  But Hollywood hype is not real “Virtue” nor can such things assure a Soul of eternal salvation with God in Heaven.

This is why in today’s Gospel Jesus Christ admonishes all of us to FIRST seek “the kingdom of God and His justice”.

But this is based upon three requirements.

The first requisite is twofold - a Faith which leads a Soul to Baptism in the Catholic Church.

Christ teaches:

“He that believeth and is Baptized, shall be saved:  but he that believeth not shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:16.)
But only the one, true Catholic Faith of the Catholic Church, which Jesus Christ instituted, has the power to lead a Soul to salvation in the eternal joy and happiness of Heaven.  This teaching of Christ is what His Apostles also taught and the Bishops who were the successors of the Apostles and their Episcopal successors after them and so forth down to today. People who, through their own fault, do not have this Faith, hope in vain for Heaven.

The second requisite - the observance of the Ten Commandments of God and also those of His Church.

Christ teaches all of us:

“If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19:17.)
It is not enough for Catholics to believe well, Catholics must also live well. But, how does a faithful Catholic live well?

By praying to the good God to live a life of real Virtue and to obey the Commandments, or, as God the Holy Ghost puts it through the pen of the Apostle, Saint James the Just, the Patriarch of Jerusalem:

So Faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.  But some man will say:  Thou hast Faith, and I have works:  shew me thy Faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my Faith. Thou believest that there is one God.  Thou dost well:  the devils also believe and tremble.  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that Faith without works is dead?” (James 2:17-20.)
From this Scripture, it should be self-evident that the Protestant heresy of Sole Fide - Only by Faith - is one saved, is wrong!

It is necessary to do more than to BELIEVE in God in order to be saved.

IF all that is necessaryto be savedis to BELIEVE IN GOD, then WHY are the DEVILS, who also BELIEVE and tremblein Hell and not in Heaven?

This is an excellent question to ask Protestants!!!!

1.  Be sure to quote James 2:17-20 first.

2.  Then ask them:

WHY is it that the DEVILS,  who also BELIEVE and tremble, are in HELL, and NOT in HEAVEN?
3.  Then say no more except this:
Go away and pray to God the Holy Ghost about it.
4.  Remember, true conversion can only come about by the Grace of God, not by “brow-beating”  or by “shoving it down their throats”!

5)  Instead, just “plant the seeds” and let God do the “watering” and the “weeding”!

6)  Do NOT expect an instant conversion on the spot!

7)  Conversion can only happen by the Grace of Conversion which comes only from God!

8)  Even the most Saintly Missionaries will tell you that this is “how it works”!

The third requisite  - that we diligently avail ourselves of the means of our eternal salvation.

What are the means of eternal salvation?

1) Prayer.

2) Attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Real Mass, i.e. the Traditional Catholic Mass.

3) Reception of the Sacraments, especially the frequent reception of the Sacraments of Penance and of the Holy Eucharist.

These last two are necessary for us, so that, first being freed from our sins, and then sanctified and fortified, we may better persevere in the service of God and make real progress in balanced Virtue.

What is this balanced Virtue?

Shortly after We entered the Novitiate, which used to be required of all Seminarians of what are called Religious Orders and of Religious Congregations, which is at least a full Canonical year of very intense prayer and study of the Spiritual Life, We learned this axiom of the Spiritual Life:

Virtus stat in medio -Virtue stands in the middle.

This means that real Virtue avoids all extremes.

Put another way, real Virtue is balanced between the two extremes of doing too little and doing too much.  Spiritually, both extremes can be dangerous.  Just as the Devil tries to tempt Novices to do either too little or too much, the Devil also does the same thing to the members of the Laity.

For example, too much formal prayer is just as dangerous as too little formal prayer.

Do you have some Morning Prayers that you say immediately after you get up for the day?

As busy as most of us are these days, you probably have very little spare time in the Morning?  If you have more time to pray, that is fine, but you should schedule at least three minutes for your Morning Prayers remembering that one who is too busy to pray is too busy!!!



Here are a few suggested Morning Prayers
IF you do not have more than three minutes for your Morning Prayers:

1)  Make the Sign of the Cross, saying:

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.
2)  Thanks be to God!  (Deo Gratias!)

3)  After you have made your bed, pick up a Crucifix and kiss the feet of Christ on the Crucifix and then lay the Crucifix on your pillow, saying:

I freely and joyfully pick up the Cross which Thou hast given me to carry today, O Merciful God.  Permit me to carry it today for Thy Greater Honor and Glory and the Salvation of Souls, especially my own, so that by this, my Cross, Thy Most Holy Will may be done fully in me and by me.  Let not prosperity lift me up, nor adversity cast me down.
4)  Spiritual Communion:
My Jesus, I believe that Thou art really present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  I love Thee above all things and I desire to possess Thee within my Soul.  Since I am unable now to receive Thee Sacramentally, come at least Spiritually into my heart.  I embrace Thee as being already there, and I unite myself wholly to Thee; never, never permit me to be separated from Thee.  Amen.
5)  Morning Offering:
O Jesus, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer Thee all of my thoughts, prayers, works, joys and sufferings of today, in union with every valid Holy Sacrifice of the Traditional Catholic Mass offered throughout the world, in reparation for all of my sins, faults, and imperfections.  I humbly beseech Thee, O Most Holy Trinity, to give me each and every one of those things today which Thou hast willed to give me today, and most especially to give me the Grace of Final Perseverance in the Catholic Church, and also for these special intentions (here mention your special intentions).  Amen.
6) Veni, Sancte Spiritus:
Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V.  Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created;
R.  And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

 Let us pray.

O God, who didst instruct the hearts of Thy faithful by the light of Thy Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right and ever to rejoice in His consolation.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

7) Three Hail Marys Devotion for Holy Purity:

Say 3 Hail Mary’s in honor of our Blessed Mother for the Virtue of Purity.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.
8) To My Guardian Angel:
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here; ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule and to guide me.  Amen.
9) Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel:
Come, O Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be Our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.  Rebuke him, O God, We humbly beseech Thee; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the Power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.
10)  Make the Sign of the Cross, saying:
+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.

Most Catholics should be able to say all ten of the above prayers in about three minutes since most Catholic should remember them because they had to memorize most of the above prayers which are in most Traditional Catholic Catechisms.

But you should never race through your prayers either - rather try to always recite them with reverence, respect, attention, and devotion while banishing whatever distractions might pop into your mind.

In this way you give the first fruits of your thoughts, words, and deeds to God every morning and thus show God that your priorities are in harmony with His Holy Will.

Do you have some Evening Prayers that you say immediately before you retire for the night?

Although you should be able to spend more than five minutes in prayer before you retire for the night, so many of us have major fatigue and exhaustion from a day of hard work, of dealing with family members, taking care of the inevitable problems that tend to pop up sometimes, not to mention how many struggle with anxieties, fear, and depression, it can be difficult to stay awake long enough to say one's Evening Prayers.

So, IF this sounds like you, here are some suggested brief Evening Prayers.



Here are a few suggested Evening Prayers
IF you do not have more than five minutes for your Evening Prayers:

1)  Make the Sign of the Cross, saying:

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.
2)  Thank you Dear God for all of the ways in which Thou didst help me today!

3)  To My Guardian Angel:

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here; ever this night be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule and to guide me.  Amen.
4)  Prayer for the Grace of Final Perseverance in the Catholic Church:
O Supreme and Eternal God, I thank Thee for creating me, redeeming me by Jesus Christ, making me a member of the Mystical Body of Christ - the Real Catholic Church - and having waited for my repentance after so many sins.

O Infinite bounty, I love Thee above all things, and I repent with all of my heart for ever having offended Thee.  I have confidence that Thou hast already pardoned me in the Sacrament of Penance, but being always in danger of again falling into sin, I beg of Thee, for the love of Jesus Christ, to grant me the special Grace of Holy Perseverance in the Real Catholic Church unto death.

Help me, O Lord, for Thou knowest my weaknesses; suffer me never again to be separated from Thee.  May I die a thousand times rather than again have the misfortune of losing Thy Grace by Mortal Sin.  Holy Mary, my Mother, obtain for me the Grace of a Holy and Final Perseverance in the Catholic Church.  Amen.

5)  Prayer to the Queen of Heaven:
August Queen of Heaven!  Sovereign Mistress of the Angels!  Thou who from the beginning hast received from God the power and mission to crush the head of Satan; we humbly beseech thee to send thy Holy Legions that under thy command and by thy power they may pursue the evil spirits; encounter them on every side; resist their bold attacks and drive them hence into the abyss of eternal woe.  Amen.
6)  Prayer for Mercy:
O Jesus, Divine Savior, be merciful to me, my loved ones, and to the whole world.  Amen.

Powerful God, Holy God, Immortal God, have compassion on me, my loved ones, and on the whole world.  Amen.

Grace and Mercy, my Jesus, during this present danger.  Shield me and my loved ones, with Thy Most Precious Blood.  Amen.

Eternal Father, show all of us, especially me and my loved ones, Mercy in the Name of the Most Precious Blood of Thy only Son; show all us Mercy, we humbly implore Thee.  Amen.

(This prayer was disclosed to a devout Priest in Rome when he was offering Holy Mass.  It was revealed to him that those who say this prayer daily with devotion and faith would be spared from the great sufferings that are soon to come upon the world.)
7)  Evening Prayer of Saint Augustine:
Watch Thou, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight and give Thine Angels and Saints charge over those who sleep.

Tend Thy sick ones, O Lord Christ.  Rest Thy weary ones.  Bless Thy dying ones.  Soothe Thy suffering ones.  Pity Thy afflicted ones.  Shield Thy joyous ones.  All for Thy Love's sake.  Amen.

8)  Prayer for Daily Neglects:
Eternal Father, everyone I just mentioned, including myself, and my loved ones, offer Thee the Most Precious Blood in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all of its Love, all of its Sufferings, and all of its Merits.

First, To expiate for all of the sins that all of us have committed yesterday, today, and during our entire lives.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.
Second, To purify all the good that all of us have done poorly yesterday, today, and during our entire lives.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.
Third, To supply for the good that all of us ought to have done yesterday, today, and during our entire lives, and that all of us have neglected yesterday, today, and during our entire lives.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.
(A Poor Clare Nun, who had just died, appeared to her Abbess who was praying for her and told her:  I went straight to Heaven, for, by means of this prayer, recited every evening, I paid all of my debts.  N.B.  This does not, and can not, replace the Sacrament of Penance, but it is prudent and wise to use it nonetheless.)
9)  Act of Accepting One's Own Death from the Hands of God:
O Most Holy Trinity, with a sincere spirit of love of Thee and with a contrite heart, I accept calmly and gladly from Thy hands whatsoever manner of death it may please Thee to send me, together with all of its pain, anguish and suffering.  Amen.
(Indulgences for the Act of Accepting One's Own Death from the Hands of God:  The Faithful who at any moment of their lives, from a sincere spirit of love of God and with at least a contrite heart, express their intention of accepting calmly and gladly from the hands of God whatsoever manner of death it may please Him to send them, together with all of its pain, anguish and suffering, may gain the following Indulgences:

One Plenary Indulgence for themselves each time they recite it [not to exceed one per day].

12,000 Plenary Indulgences applicable only to the Poor Souls in Purgatory under the conditions of:

1) being in the State of Grace;
2) reciting this prayer devoutly;
3) having the intention of gaining these indulgences.
In addition, One Plenary Indulgence for themselves at the hour of their death if they have devoutly made this Act at least once during their lifetime under the above three conditions.)
10) Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Grace of a Happy Death:
Oh, my Dear Mother, Mary, by the love you have for Almighty God, I beg of thee to help me, and my loved ones, at all times, especially at the terrible moment of our respective deaths.  Never leave me, and my loved ones, until you see us safe in Heaven, Blessing thee, and singing thy mercies forever.  So I Hope, so may it be.  Amen.
11) Prayer of Trust to the Divine Mercy of Jesus.
Jesus, I trust in Thee!
12)  An Act of Contrition:  (You may use the one you always use, or the following, if you so prefer.)
O my God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, because I love Thee above all things with my whole heart and Soul.  I detest all of my sins because it was for them and His Love for me that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, my Lord and my God, suffered, was crucified and died on the cross.

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee by my sins, faults, imperfections, negligences, and carelessness, Who art all good and deserving of all of my love.

I firmly resolve with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more, to confess my sins, to do penance, to amend my life, to avoid all of the near occasions of sin, and always to give to Thee freely, liberally and generously what is of supererogation and perfection, not only in greater things, but especially in lesser things, so that I may gain beforehand Thy efficacious, superabundant, particular and special Graces and Helps so that I will always be victorious in resisting and overcoming all temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil and his followers.  Grant me those Graces and Helps needed so that my every thought, word and action may be done solely out of love for Thee, Who art Love.  Amen.

13)  Spiritual Communion:
My Jesus, I believe that Thou art really present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  I love Thee above all things and I desire to possess Thee within my Soul.  Since I am unable now to receive Thee Sacramentally, come at least Spiritually into my heart.  I embrace Thee as being already there, and I unite myself wholly to Thee; never, never permit me to be separated from Thee.  Amen.
14)  Make the Sign of the Cross, saying:
+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.
Most Catholics should be able to say all fourteen of the above Evening Prayers in about five minutes.


It is also recommended that you say the following prayer at least once a week - perhaps every Friday.

When it is combined with the above fourteen prayers, the total time is only about ten minutes for all fifteen prayers.

15)  Prayer to Obtain the Grace of a Good Death:

O Jesus, Lord, God of goodness and Father of eternal mercies!  I humbly present myself before Thee with a contrite, meek, and humble heart, and I commend to Thee my last hour and what shall await me after it.
When my feet begin to become motionless, thus warning me that my end is near;
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.  ..................................................................M
When my hands begin to lose the sense of touch and, trembling, can no longer hold the Crucifix, letting it fall, to my grief, on my bed of pain;
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When my eyes, already blinded and making contortions for horror at death so near, fix in Thee their languid and dying looks;
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When my lips, cold and convulsive, pronounce for the last time Thy Holy and Adorable Name:  JESUS;
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When my face, pale and livid, causes pity and terror to those around me; and my hair, bathed with the sweat of death, becomes stiff, announcing that my end is near; 
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When my ears, shut forever to the things of this world will hear the final sentence of my eternal destiny; 
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When my imagination, troubled by horrible and frightful visions, becomes submersed in mortal anguish and when my spirit, troubled with the fear of Thy Justice at the remembrance of my iniquities, is struggling against the infernal enemy, the Devil, who will want to deprive me of hoping in Thy mercies and precipitate me in the horrors of despair; 
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When my heart, weak and oppressed by the pains of sickness, shall be overtaken by the fear of death, fatigued and wearied by the efforts it has made against the enemies of my salvation; 
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When I will shed my last tears, a sign of my approaching death, O Lord! receive them as a sacrifice of expiation so that I may die a victim of penance; 
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When my family, relatives and friends, standing around my bed, become terrified at seeing me in such a state and invoke Thy aid; 
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When, having lost the use of my senses, and the world is vanishing from my sight, I groan under the anguish of my last agony and the affliction of death; 
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When the last groans of my heart force my soul to leave my body, accept them, O Lord, as effects of a holy impatience to unite myself to Thee; 
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
When my departing soul goes forever from this world and leaves my body pale, cold, and lifeless, accept this as an act of homage which I render to Thy Divine Majesty;
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
Finally, when my Soul comes before Thee and beholds for the time the splendor of Thy Majesty, do not cast my Soul away from Thy Presence; but rather deign to receive my Soul into the bosom of Thy Mercy, that I may eternally sing Thy Praises; 
then, Merciful Jesus, have pity on me.
O God, Who has condemned all to die, but has hidden the day and the hour, grant that I, passing all the days of my life in justice and holiness, may be able to merit to leave this world in Thy Holy Love.  Through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ may I live and reign with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost.  Amen.


The Gifts of the Holy Ghost, especially the Gift of Wisdom and the Virtue of Prudence, are a great help to keep one balanced in the practice of real Virtue which is the only way that a Soul makes real progress in the exercise of both the three Theological Virtues and all of the Moral Virtues.

Extremism, and its first cousin, rigorism- condemned by the Apostle Saint James the Just - has no place in the Catholic Church because both are Spiritually toxic and have Spiritually killed many Souls who were misguided by teachers with tonsured heads who were ignorant of Ascetical and/or Mystical Theology due to grossly defective Seminary training, with even some quasi- “seminaries” today euphemistically being called boys' homes!

Besides the exercise of balanced Virtue, we must develop our own fervent personal prayer life because prayer, along with frequent little acts of supererogation, help us to overcome all temptations and to persevere in living well.

Our Dear Lord wills that we:

“Seek... first the kingdom of God, and His justice”.
WHY?

The reason is evident.  What is earthly cannot be compared with what is Heavenly.  Heaven is worth everything because everything of any real value is in Heaven!

This explains why Christ adds:

“and all these things shall be added unto you.”
In other words, IF a person properly fulfills the three requirements, they shall have that treasure in Heaven of which Christ says:
Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in Heaven which faileth not:  where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12:33-34.)
So this is what is meant by “all these things” that “shall be added unto you”.  God the Holy Ghost, through the pen of Saint Paul, refers to what He had first written through the pen of Isaias the Prophet (Isaias 64:4):
“That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9.)
But even in this life, when Our Lord promises us that if we: “Seek... first the kingdom of God, and His justice... all these things shall be added unto you”,  He is also teaching that all other things necessary for our temporal life shall also be added unto us.

It is like saying that God, as it were, has Heaven for sale, and wills that we buy it. If we make the bargain with God, that is,  IF in order to gain Heaven, we serve Him faithfully in this life, God will give us everything we need for our temporal life, because such things are as nothing in His eyes, i.e. to God our temporal needs are no big deal and He can give them to us very easily provided that we have tried to serve God faithfully.

Plus, IF we lead a devout, pious life and seek Heaven, we may be without worry and concern regarding our subsistence in this world.

God will reward you for your zeal in the practice of balanced Virtues, not only in Heaven, but also here on earth, and will give each of us what we need for our support.

Therefore, the service of God is the surest way to prosperity in this life and to eternal happiness in Heaven in the next life.


Resolutions


The Speaker and the Hearers
The Writer and the Readers


It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.”   (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)


Let us now review our resolutions:

For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to pray to never lose sight of the end for which God created you and to frequently remind yourself that your eternal salvation is your number one most important business for the rest of your life!

Heaven is worth the hard work in this life for an eternity of perfect eternal joy and happiness!

Worldlings work hard to get fleeting temporal joys and goods which can never satisfy their hearts and which vanish like bubbles.  IF they have the misfortune to go to Hell, perhaps they will see over its gates the notice of Dante:

“All hope abandon, ye who enter here!” (Dante Alighieri, “The Divine Comedy”, Inferno, cano I, 1.85.)
Under it is the reason why such worldlings chose Hell by their life-style:
“The world was too much with us; getting and spending, we laid-waste our powers; we have given our hearts away.” (Cf. William Wordsworth, “The World Is Too Much with us”, 1.1).
So live that you see, not the Gates of Hell, but the Gates of Heaven, opened wide to receive you after your judgement, because, IF you serve God faithfully and walk in the way of His Commandments, you may be quite unconcerned about temporal things and God will give you all that you need for yourself and your families with the same generous hand that will one day welcome you home to Heaven!

In other words, it is a matter of priorities.

Those who put God FIRST in their lives, have their priorities in order, as exampled by:

1.  Devoutly saying their Morning Prayers.

2.  Devoutly saying their Evening Prayers.

3.  Devoutly saying the Prayers Before and After Meals.

4.  Devoutly saying the family daily Rosary.  If you live by yourself, you should still say your Rosary every day.

5.  Assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Traditional Catholic Mass of the Unchangeable Catholic Church on all Sundays and Holydays of Obligation if it is available in your area.  IF it is not available in your area, then you should at least read the Mass in your Traditional Catholic Missal which was printed at least before 1968, preferable before 1954, and, at best, printed before 1944.  IF you do not have such a Missal, you should go to this web page and read the Prayers of what is called the Ordinary of the Mass.

6.  Receive the Holy Sacrament of Penance at least once a week if at all possible.  Otherwise, always try to make a Perfect Act of ContritionPerfect Contrition is being sorry for your sins because they have offended God.  Imperfect Contrition is being sorry for your sins because of the punishment they deserve.

7.  Receive the Holy Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist during the Traditional Catholic Mass at least on all Sundays and Holydays of Obligation.  IF you are unable to attend a valid Traditional Catholic Mass, at least make a Spiritual Communion.

8.  Obey the 10 Commandments of God.

9.  Obey the precepts of the Real Catholic Church.

10.  Live a life of balanced Virtue, as explained above.

11.  Meditate for at least 3 to 5 minutes every day on such subjects as God, Heaven, Hell, Virtue, the Gifts of the Holy Ghost, how to imitate Christ, or Our Blessed Mother, or a certain Holy Saint, etc.

12.  Do Spiritual Reading for at least 3 to 5 minutes every day:

a)  From the Bible - only from any pre-1900 A.D.  Douay-Rheims Traditional Catholic Bible, most especially the New Testament which is for Christian Catholics since most of the Old Testament was primarily for the Jews.
N.B.
1)  Protestant Bibles have been re-written, mis-translated, and omit parts or all of several books of the Bible.

2)  "Catholic" editions after 1900 A.D. have also been re-written.

3)  Do NOT use the Bishop Richard Challoner translation of the Latin Vulgate!

b)  Or from the lives of the Saints of the Catholic Church who had been Canonized up through the death of Pope Pius XII who died on Thursday, October 9, 1958.

Examples:  We suggest you download the PDF file type to your computer for future access.

a)  Autobiography of Saint Ignatius De Loyola, S.J.

FREE  at:
http://www.archive.org/details/stignatiusautobi00ignauoft

b)  Life of Blessed John Fisher by Rev. T. E. Bridgett

N.B.  Since this book was written, he was Canonized a Saint and is now Saint John Fisher.

FREE  at:
http://www.archive.org/details/blessedjohnfisher00briduoft

c)  Life of Saint Teresa of Avila - her Autobiography.

FREE  at:
http://www.archive.org/details/lifeofsaintteres00tereuoft

c)  Or from original books on the Spiritual Life which have not been re-written and have not been published after 1950 - with a few notable exceptions.

This is why Christ teaches all of us to set our priorities straight and thus:  “Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you” (GOSPEL, Matthew 6:33).


Conclusion
“Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (GOSPEL, Matthew 6:33.)
 
  In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.



The Blessing
V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in
Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.
V. Benedicat vos, Omnipotens Deus:
V. Pa + ter, et Fi + lius, et Spiritus + Sanctus, descendat super vos, et maneat semper.
R. Amen.
V. Blessed + be the Name of the Lord.
R. Now and for ever more.x
V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
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R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. May Almighty God Bless thee:x
V. The Fa + ther, the + Son, and the Holy + Ghost, descend upon thee, and always remain with thee.
R. Amen.

Our Blessed Mother asks Catholics to
Pray her Traditional Rosary daily.
The Rosary will really make a
Powerful difference in Your Life!

The Memorare
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 
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